Current MA and PhD Students

The following are select sociology graduate students.


Jason Mark Alexander, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Jason Mark Alexander

Email: jasonma@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Decolonial Social Movements, Transindigenous Futures, Japan-Burma Relations, Demilitarization, Environmental Justice

Advisor: Aya Kimura

Jake Atienza, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Jake Atienza

Email: ajha@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Power, Political Dynasties, Colonialism, Mining, Political Ecology, Natural Resources, Qualitative Methods, Video/Sound as Evidence

Advisor: Sun-Ki Chai

Omar Bird, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Omar Bird

Email: birdo@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Social Determinants of Health, Stress and Mental Health, Racism and Institutions, Intersectional Life Course Analysis, Research Methods

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Penny-Bee Kapilialoha Bovard, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Penny-Bee Kapilialoha Bovard

Email: pennybee@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Feminist and Oceanic Pedagogies and Methodologies. Sociology of Gender and Sport. Feminist Criminology

Advisor: Katherine Irwin

Austin (Keaupuni) Davis, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Austin (Keaupuni) Davis

Email: davisaus@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Hawaiian Sociology, Indigenous Paradigm, Argo-food Systems, Sts Studies, Asia-pacific Relations, Mixed Methods

Advisor: Aya Kimura

Rachel Engel, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Rachel Engel

Email: rengel@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Racism, Colorism, Globalization, Southeast Asia

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Christielove Espinosa, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Christielove Espinosa

Email: ckee@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Indigenous Sociology, Intersectionality, Sociology of Education, Class Conflict and Inequalities

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Clarice Handoko, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Clarice Handoko

Email: chandoko@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Political Sociology, Social Media, Big Tech, Social Psychology, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Cultural Studies, Arts Management

Advisor: Le Lin

Rumika S Hillyer, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Rumika Hillyer

Email: rumika@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Food, Class, Identity, Nikkei Brazilian, Japan

Advisor: Patricia Steinhoff

Brent Jordan-Jornada, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Brent Jordan-Jornada

Email: brentdj@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sexuality, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Hispano Culture, Asian-pacific Culture, Cyberspaces, Aesthetics, Marketing, Behavioral Economics

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Jaeho Kook, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Jaeho Kook

Email: jkook@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Globalization, Capitalism, Institutionalization

Advisor: Manfred Steger

Nathalie Rita, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Nathalie Rita

Email: nprita@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Migration and Mobility Studies, Global and Transnational Sociology, Race and Racism

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Keith-Scott

Keith Scott

Email: keithgs@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Multiculturalism, Race and Racism, Ethnic Nationalism, Neoliberalism and Inequality, Social Movements, Korea and East Asia

Advisor: Patricia Steinhoff

Aya Shirayama, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Aya Shirayama

Email: ayashira@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Ethnicity, Identity, Diaspora, Food, Indigenous Sociology, Okinawans, Asia-Pacific, Qualitative Research

Advisor: Aya Kimura

Yusuke-Tsukada, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Yusuke Tsukada

Email: yusukets@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Education, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Mental Health, Sociology of Teaching, Japan, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Allison Vande Kappelle, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Allison Vande Kappelle

Email: allisonv@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Health and Wellness, Food Insecurity, Housing Insecurity, Globalization

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Margaret (Margie) Walkover, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Margaret (Margie) Walkover

Email: walkover@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Knowledge, Public Sociology, Complexity, Globalization, Climate Change, Population Health, Mental Health/Substance Use, Community Resilience

Advisor: Manfred Steger

Mark Willingham, Jr, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Mark Willingham, Jr

Email: mlw237@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Community-Based Participatory Research, Public Health, Criminology

Advisor: Wei Zhang

Lynne Wolforth, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Lynne Wolforth

Email: wolforth@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Sociology of Health, Maternal & Infant Health, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski